Experience Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity
You’ll divide your time in country between living in community and volunteering in national parks. While in community, work with local teens to carry out a project they’ve designed in the months prior to your arrival – help with fundraising and project implementation with your new tico friends! You’ll also spend a week in Costa Rican national parks, gaining hands-on experience with conservation.

About the Region

Economy

Known for its coffee, cacao, and dairy products

Climate

Tropical

Terrain

Mountainous

Slang

pura vida = life is good, cool
sendero = trail

Food

Gallo pinto (rice and black beans), plantains, tortillas

Great for vegetarians!

AMIGOS History in the Region

AMIGOS has worked in Costa Rica for 35 years. We began working with CASA in 2004.

Project Features

AMIGOS participants increase their language ability through immersion that goes beyond what can be achieved in a classroom. They improve their fluency, learn local slang, and increase their confidence with real-world practice.
Living with a host family is central to the AMIGOS experience. All host families volunteer to open their homes to young people from another culture. Participants and host families build long-lasting relationships and often stay in touch after the project has closed.
While in country, AMIGOS participants work on a community-led service project. Every service project is unique, but each channels young people's ideas to create postive change.
The opportunity for independence and self direction makes AMIGOS unique. Participants shape their time in country according to their passions. the possibilities are endless - what each participants takes out of their experience is up to them!
Every Amigo is mentored by a member of our project leadership team through regular check-ins and personalized feedback. This allows participants to experience the independence hat sets out programs apart, with the support of a passionate facilitator.
Participants build their leadership and community development skills through hands-on training. Not only is AMIGOS training fun and engaging, it gives participants the necessary tools for success in the field and beyond.
  • National Participants
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates
    Houston Gateway Training: A: June 8 – 12 Houston Gateway Training: B: July 14 - 18
  • In-Country Dates
    A: June 12 - July 11 B: July 18 – August 14
  • Ages
    15 - 22
  • Price
    $6,275 (includes international airfare)
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"Having time to know an entire community is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and being able to learn about a whole new culture is something you will take with you for the rest of your life. Then, if that’s not enough, there are the campamentos in the national parks, weeks filled with the most laughs and the most fun I’ve ever had."
Alum, Costa Rica 2014
Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be at least 16 years old by December 31, 2018
  • Have two years of Spanish study or the equivalent